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With so many countryside events cancelled this year, it was great to see the Newport Show on as usual.  It helps that the showground itself is purpose-built, and exceptionally well draining.  Nonetheless, although the weather held during the morning, the heavens opened in the afternoon, testing even the Newport infrastructure.  This did mean that some of the main ring entertainment was curtailed, but all in all, the organisers of the event are to be congratulated for keeping the show going despite the testing conditions.

Some pictures from the morning while the sun still shone!




When the heavens opened, everyone took shelter in the horticultural tent!

My two successful entries (of seven!) – raspberry jam, and gooseberries:


Bit disappointed that my peas (which looked so good!) didn’t get placed, but clearly I have much to learn in the world of vegetable showing!  Still, there’s always next year, eh?  😉


Poorly hen didn’t make it….she died yesterday, and we buried her in the garden, and I cried because I felt I’d been a bad mum and should have been more vigilant when she first started to look a bit peaky.  😦

On the upside, the family had lots of success at Newport Show in the various horticultural classes.  Particular mention must be made of my husband’s THREE first prize-winning photos – a personal best for him.  Strangely, the raspberry jam which we’d thought had turned out so well was unplaced, but the blackcurrant jam came second, so I was dead chuffed with that.  Generally, turn-out at the show was high, and the weather held, so we had a great day.  Well done to the organisers once again.

Another “up” was eating some more of our fresh produce this evening – with potatoes, peas and carrots all straight from garden to pot.  Extremely pleased with both my new potato patch and my raised beds.

Here are the peas (before and after!) and the potatoes…..


And some small but perfectly formed garlic!

The “down” is that one of the chucks is ill – she’s looking very sorry for herself.  Have isolated her from her friends (in case it’s something infectious, and also because I thought she might be better off in the quiet of the little hen house rather than the mayhem of the main run.  Thought she might be egg bound, so (following accepted wisdom in the matter) I sat her in a bowl of warm water for a bit to see if I could ease it for her, but didn’t seem to make much difference.  I’ve also bought some herbal pellets for treating internal parasites, just in case it’s something which might affect them all.  I’ve left some in her feed, but she’s off her food anyway. 

The “up” is that we’ve just been to set up our exhibits for tomorrow’s show.  Looks like they’ve had a really good number of entries this year – the whole Horticultural tent seemed much more packed than it has done in previous years.  Lots of excellent photo entries from the photographers in our family.  Plus some fruit.  Very pleased with the presentation of my jams – but of course, it’s the taste which is most important, so we’ll see what the judge’s comments are tomorrow afternoon!   Love this whole show – love the fact you can take part in some small way and be a part of it, but there’s always lots of other stuff to see too.

Perhaps while I’m there tomorrow I’ll be able to pick up a book on Chicken Husbandry!  Seems like I need one…  😦

Show Entry Jams!

Just finished the labels and lid cover decoration for the two jars of jam which are my entries for the Newport Show horticultural section.  Whether or not I can give the WI ladies a run for their money in the taste department, I’m determined mine will at least look the part!! 😉